Govt may shut down FB if it’s being used by ‘trolls’

The country may “close down” Facebook if it is only being used by “trolls” to overthrow the government or attack its critics, Sen Richard Gordon said.

“Popularity is sometimes earned but popularity can also be manipulated,” he initially said yesterday over ABS-CBN News Channel when President Rodrigo Duterte’s popularity was mentioned.

“That is why we have a Bill that we should investigate whether public funds are being used for trolls. Everywhere we go, trolls are there.

“And if we have to close down Facebook, if Facebook is being utilised to topple the government, we should do that,” he said.

According to Gordon, the social media giant was also being used by trolls to attack administration critics and possible candidates in the upcoming elections.

The senator earlier said he was considering joining the 2022 presidential race.

Gordon was also among the 12 senators pushing for a Senate probe into allegations that public funds were being used to run so-called troll farms.

This comes after Senator Panfilo Lacson revealed last month that an “undersecretary” had allegedly started organising at least two troll farms in every province to discredit administration critics and possible opponents in the 2022 polls.

“So you can just imagine if it materialises and using the resources of the government, whether or not it is sanctioned by Malacanang – well I hope not and I don’t believe so,” Lacson said previously. — Philippine Daily Inquirer/ANN

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